Google, Facebook and Microsoft, among many other tech companies, have released statements condemning Trump’s anti-trans policies—after giving him loads of money.
In a statement to Bloomberg, Facebook Inc. wrote, “Facebook is a strong supporter of equality. We stand for ensuring equal rights for everyone, including transgender students, and will continue to advocate for more rights instead of fewer.” But Facebook gave $1 million to the Republican National Committee (RNC), The Street reports.
Alphabet Inc. (Google’s parent company) wrote, “We’ve long advocated for policies that provide equal rights and treatments for all. We’re deeply concerned to see a roll back in transgender students’ rights.” But the company wasn’t concerned back when Google gave $500,000 to the RNC. And Google has been “aggressively wooing” Republicans, according to the New York Times.
Microsoft’s president Brad Smith sent out a tweet supporting LGBTQ equality and indirectly condemning Trump’s anti-trans policies:
Since Jan. 1, 1863, the federal government has played a vital role in protecting the rights of all Americans. Let’s not stop now. #LGBTQ
— Brad Smith (@BradSmi) February 22, 2017
Facebook, Google and Microsoft (and many more tech companies) condemned Trump’s anti-immigrant policies as well. But surely they must have known something like this would happen. Trump was not subtle about his contempt for marginalized people, and the Republican Party has never been known for being pro-trans.
The companies’ kind words are appreciated, but they haven’t put their money where their mouth is.
(Header image via Flickr user Fibonacci Blue)